In my view, we can use the word "NO" to substitute "NOT" to express a bit stronger negation. For example, "He is no singer." put a bit emphasis on negative, compared with "He is not a singer."

But how about this sentence: He has not come to New York? Can we put "He has no come to New York" in order to make a bit stronger negation? If not, how can we put?

Are there any other ways that can also be suggested?

My bounty is mainly for the question: "I'd like to know if "He has not come to New York whatsoever." would make a bit stronger negation than "He has not come to New York."?"

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    Did you invent the “rule”?
    – Stephie
    Aug 6, 2018 at 22:03
  • @dan I can't help but wonder if it's a typo in your comment. Did you mean to say "I am not trying to invent a rule"?
    – Eddie Kal
    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:11
  • @dan Since you can't edit a comment past the initial 5 minutes after its posting, if you want to have it corrected, you can flag it and ask the moderators to fix it for you. I made that suggestion with a flag earlier today but was declined. I guess they didn't see the typo. As the author of that comment, your flag should be heeded.
    – Eddie Kal
    Nov 8, 2018 at 4:22
  • @StephieI am not trying to invent a rule, but I'd like to know if there is a way to express a bit stronger negation.
    – dan
    Nov 8, 2018 at 4:24
  • @EddieKal, I just deleted that one and added a new one.
    – dan
    Nov 8, 2018 at 4:25

4 Answers 4


He has not come to New York whatsoever.

is stronger than

He has not come to New York.

However, I would say that it is much stronger rather than a bit stronger.

I think a good in between would be

He still has not come to New York.



One of the senses of "no" is its use as a determiner. In this use it is "no + noun" meaning "not any" (There is no water) or "not a" (He is no singer).

This latter use has the "quite/very" sense, and can imply "He is very much not a singer". This is the sense you refer to.

On the other hand, "not" is a particle, that is used to form the negation of verbs "He 'has not come'" is the negation of "He has come". This can be considered as a special type of adverb. The word "no" cannot substitute for "not" in this case.

The expression "He has no come to New York" is not grammatically correct for this reason.

Instead just use an adverb like "never":

He has never come to New York.
He has not come close to New York
He has not come to New York since he was born.

  • Are there any suggestions?
    – dan
    Aug 6, 2018 at 14:10
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    @dan He is no newcomer to New York. That turns the verb after no into a noun, making it acceptable. (However, the meaning is now a bit different. But so long as you use a noun that fits no X to New York you are fine.) Or, use a different intensifier. He has certainly not come to New York. Aug 6, 2018 at 18:02
  • How about "He has not come to New York whatsoever."?
    – dan
    Aug 21, 2018 at 0:39
  • @dan Your sentence might be better as "He has not been to New York whatsoever."
    – Peter
    Oct 17, 2018 at 19:15
  • @peter You could also word the sentence like, "He never came to New York [whatsoever]," instead of "has not been" assuming that the original intent of the statement is referring to the subject not arriving to New York (not alluding to whether the subject has been to New York prior) versus had never gone to New York before (as implied by "has not been to").
    – AnonyTech
    Oct 23, 2018 at 15:47

As James K said in his answer, in order to use the "no + something" pattern, you need a noun that follows no. It is a noun phrase with no being the determiner. So your proposed sentence doesn't work. But there are alternatives that do.

In addition to what has been said in the two existing good answers, you can also say this

He has been nowhere near New York

This sentence definitely implies a strong sense of negation, stating that "he" has never been to New York.

The adverb "whatsoever" means at all and can oftentimes substitute for "at all".

He had no respect for you at all.

He had no respect for you whatsoever.

So of course appending "whatsoever" to a sentence makes for a stronger negation, not just a bit.


Your second example is incorrect. No cannot be associated with a verb (*no come is improper) - not is required in this case.

There's no real way to emphasize your second sentence in proper English without the use of an adjective:

He has absolutely/definitely/... not come to New York

If you used no, you'd have to prefix it to New York, not come - making for a very awkward and unnatural sentence, implying that said person came somewhere, but it wasn't New York:

*He has come to no New York.

You might also hear some speakers use the following double negative, which does a better job serving as an emphasis of the original meaning, but I strongly discourage you from using it - it's not proper English and it's bound to make you sound uneducated:

*He has not come to no New York.

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